HALLMARKS OF ENGLISH SILVER
MAKER'S MARK IDENTIFICATION - ILLUSTRATED LISTING

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B & C into three octagons mark, Brookes & Crookes - John Brookes & Thomas Crookes, Sheffield 1907 (possibly) B & C into three octagons mark, Brookes & Crookes - John Brookes & Thomas Crookes, Sheffield 1907 (possibly)
B & C into three octagons
Brookes & Crookes - John Brookes & Thomas Crookes
Atlantic Works, St Philip's Road, Sheffield
Sheffield 1907 (possibly) hallmark
B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1984 B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1968 B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1969 B & Co mark, Broadway and Co, Birmingham 1957
B & Co into an oval
Broadway and Co,
Founded in 1900 by William Benjamin Broadway, a highly skilled die - sinker. Still active at Shady Lane, Kingstanding, Birmingham
Birmingham 1984 hallmark


Birmingham 1968 hallmark



Birmingham 1969 hallmark



Birmingham 1957 hallmark
B & Co into a rectangle mark, Bewlay & Co Ltd, London 1913 B & Co into a rectangle mark, Bewlay & Co Ltd, London 1913
B & Co into a rectangle
Bewlay & Co Ltd,
The firm was founded in 1797. Eight similar marks entered from 1903 to 1910. Most of them were entered by Baron Elkan, Managing Director. The firm became a subsidiary of Finlay & Co Ltd (tobacconists, confectioners, etc.)
London 1913 hallmark
See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS"
B&D into two conjoined octagons mark, Boodle & Dunthorne, London 1862 B&D into two conjoined octagons mark, Boodle & Dunthorne, Birmingham 1979
B&D into two conjoined octagons
Boodle & Dunthorne,
London 1962 hallmark



Birmingham 1979 hallmark
B&F into a rectangle mark, Bishton & Fletcher, Birmingham 1897
B&F into a rectangle
Bishton & Fletcher,
7 Northampton Street and Albion Street, Birmingham
Birmingham 1897 hallmark
B & G mark, Birch & Gaydon, London 1938
B & G
Birch & Gaydon,
London 1938 hallmark
B&H into two conjoined circles mark, not identified , London 1977
B&H into two conjoined circles
not identified ,
London 1977
B&S into an indented rectangle mark, Brook & Son,Sheffield 1916 B&S into an indented rectangle mark, Brook & Son, Edinburgh 1924
B&S into an indented rectangle
Brook & Son,
Sheffield 1916 hallmark




Edinburg 1924 hallmark
BA into an oblong exagon mark, British Airways, Birmingham 1986
BA into an oblong exagon
British Airways
Concorde Brand
Birmingham 1986 hallmark
B.B mark, Barker Bros , Birmingham 1902
B.B
Barker Bros ,
Birmingham 1902 hallmark.... (...more...)
BB into a rectangle mark, Benjamin Barling, London 1850
BB into a rectangle
Benjamin Barling,
The firm was established in 1812 by Benjamin Barling who entered his first mark in 1815. The style of the firm was changed in 1851 (or before) to Benjamin Barling & Sons. The firm was managed by Edwin Barling and his brother William Barling. In 1955 the the firm was converted into a limited liability company as B.Barling & Sons Ltd and became a subsidiary of The Imperial Tobacco Group Ltd, trading from Liverpool. See the section of "TOBACCONISTS, PIPE MAKERS, PIPE MOUNTERS" marks.
London 1850 hallmark
B.brs mark, Briddon Brothers -possibly-, Sheffield 1938
B.brs into an oval
Briddon Brothers -possibly-
Sheffield 1938 hallmark
BB over SLd into a shield mark, Barker Bros Ltd, now Barker Ellis Co LTD, Birmingham 1930 BB over SLd into a shield mark, Barker Bros Ltd, now Barker Ellis Co LTD, Birmingham 1930 BB over SLd into a shield mark, Barker Bros Ltd, now Barker Ellis Co LTD, Birmingham 1938
B.B over SLd into a shield (in relief or engraved)
Barker Bros Ltd, now Barker Ellis Co LTD,
Business established in Birmingham in 1801. The firm still possesses the original Boulton & Watt dies acquired during its early days of manufacturing. The business appears in a 1871 directory as Barker Brothers, silversmiths active in Paradise Street. As Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd, it was incorporated in 1907. The company had moved to Constitution Hill in the 1920s, where it remained until the 1980s maintaining a London showroom during the early part of the 20th century. In the 1960s, the firm merged with Ellis & Co (Birmingham) Ltd....
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Birmingham 1930 hallmark
Birmingham 1938 hallmark
BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS
The hallmarking of British silver is based on a combination of marks that makes possible the identification of the origin and the age of each silver piece manufactured or traded in the UK. The marks are:

Town mark, corresponding to the mark of the Assay Office that has verified the piece
London town mark Sheffield town mark Birmingham town mark Newcastle town mark Dublin town mark Edinburgh town mark Glasgow town mark

Lion passant guardant or Britannia or lion's head erased, certifiying the silver quality
lion passant: 1598-1820 lion passant: after 1820 Britannia and lion's head erased: from 1697 to 1718
Maker's mark, identifying the silversmith presenting the piece to the assay office (usually the initials of Christian name and surname of the silversmith)

Date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet of different shape identifies the year in which the piece was verified by the Assay Office
London date letter 'a'
A further mark was used in the period 1784 - 1890:
Sovereign head ('duty mark'), certifying the payment of the duty
Sovereign head: duty mark from 1784 to 1890
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